GMLPF attended the LCR Apprenticeship Hub Board Meeting on 21 June. Debbie Tagoe will attend future Board Meetings and Ian Lomas will attend a series of Task and Finish Groups, leading on some of them.
The board meeting on the 21st covered the following:
LCR Skills Show
Early feedback from partners, exhibitors, schools and students has been very positive. An evaluation event is to be held on 12 July to review successes, lessons learned and to explore how we can take forward and improve the Skills Show in future. This includes looking at options for a separate City Region Apprenticeship Awards event as some members and stakeholders have suggested a standalone event would be stronger than as a part of the Skills Show. GMLPF would welcome feedback on this from members.
Apprenticeship starts in the LCR continue to fall. Data provided by the LCR Employment and Skills team, which will be posted on the GMLPF Website shortly, show that at the end of Quarter 2 (2017/18):
- Apprenticeship starts are at 33% of last year’s total number of starts. This compares to 38% and 40% across the wider NW and England respectively. Interestingly St Helens is the one area tht appears to be performing strongly ie it has supported 50% or more starts of the previous year’s total with it supporting 61% of last year’s starts in the first 6 months. This warrants further research to understand the factors for this. In contrast, Wirral has, over the last 6 months, only supported 19% of the starts it achieved last year.
- The number of 16-18 year olds starting an Apprenticeship appears, at this point, to be higher than in previous years with 33% of starts being 16-18 year old learners whereas the number of 25+ learners starting an Apprenticeship appears to be decreasing
Apprenticeship Growth Plan
GMLPF members contributed to the development of the Growth Plan and the Apprenticeship Hub is now moving into the phase of implementing the key recommendations and planning for monitoring and measuring progress of the implementation phase. The full action plan will be posted on GMLPF’s website. GMLPF is leading in the following areas:
- surveying members on Apprenticeship delivery to gather intelligence that will complement published data
- working to encourage greater levels of participation by individuals who have special educational needs and disabilities
- extending the delivery of high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.
Linked to the Growth Plan, GMLPF also discussed the importance of agreeing a Schools Engagement Plan to support a closer working relationship between GMLPF, the Hub, CEIC and NCS to ensure that schools are able to access a more structured programme of support and that respective funding streams and contracts are more carefully aligned.